Friday, June 19 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 21 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host – Henry Mack
Florida’s ‘Favorite Sons’ – Jeb vs. Rubio
At Miami-Dade College on Monday, Jeb Bush finally confirmed months of speculation and anticipation by announcing his candidacy for president in 2016. The former two-term Florida Governor joins 11 confirmed Republican candidates including another Floridian, who also happens to be Bush’s political protégé, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio. This leaves members of the state’s GOP divided which is evident in a new Quinnipiac Poll showing Bush leading with 20 percent of Republican voters support and Rubio, in a close second with 18 percent. Which one of Florida’s ‘favorite sons’ will make it to the primary?
Maurice A. Ferrè, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority
Dan Gelber, Former State Senator
Daniel Diaz Leyva, Esq., Foley & Lardner, LLP
Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq., Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm
Friday, June 12 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 14 @ 12:00 PM
M-D County – Transit, Development & Budget
Mayor Carlos Gimenez's push to bring Tri-Rail downtown took another step forward this week with the approval of $13.9 million in county transit taxes. These funds would bring the government-run commuter line to a new rail depot in Downtown Miami, but not before a final vote later this month. And what will this year's county budget look like - will there be layoffs? tax cuts or increases? Communications Director for the county, Michael Hernandez, discusses this and more county developments.
Michael Hernandez, Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor
Miami-Dade’s Tolls – “Highway Robbery”?
In November of last year, two major Miami-Dade expressways, the 836 and the 112, went under dramatic toll expansions. Prior to November 15th, only a portion of these roads were tolled -- now it's the entire highway, leading drivers to dig deeper into their pockets. Miami-Dade's Expressway Authority (MDX) said this added revenue would help finance improvements and ease congestion. But seven months later, commuters are still up in arms. In last Sunday’s Miami Herald, a calculator was available for on-line readers to figure out the new cost of these tolls -- leaving most commuters outraged. Opponents to these toll hikes feel consumer outrage will bring about necessary reforms, but have these increased tolls been a benefit to decrease congestion?
Doug Hanks, The Miami Herald
Friday, June 5 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 7 @ 12:00 PM
Commissioner Xavier Suarez on Vizcaya’s Future
Since Mayor Carlos Gimenez unveiled his plan to privatize Vizcaya Museum and Gardens last month, two opponents on this issue have stepped forward to offer other options; school board member Raquel Regalado -- who is running for county mayor -- and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier Suarez -- who has yet to confirm whether he will run. In a joint op-ed in the Miami Herald this week, Regalado and Suarez call the proposal to privatize premature and lay out their plan which would include encouraging community input.
Xavier Suarez, Miami-Dade County Commission, Dist. 7
Preparing for Business with Cuba
As of Friday, May 29th, Cuba has been officially removed from the U.S. state sponsors of terrorism list -- just one more barrier removed in the effort to re-establish diplomatic ties after 54 years. Several attorneys from the Florida Bar visited the island last week, getting a first-hand account of life there in the mist of this historic change. They also took this opportunity to better understand business, the culture and education in anticipation of one day having a closer working relationship with Cuba and its residents.
Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez, Esq., Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, PC
“Call Me Caitlyn” – The Reaction
By now, most know what the phrase "Call Me Caitlyn" is referring to -- Olympic hero and icon Bruce Jenner. Jenner, who officially unveiled himself as her “true” self, is now being hailed as a hero in her own right by members of the LGBT community and their supporters. Many would say this has undoubtedly been a watershed moment for transgender people, but what does our reaction to it say about society as a whole?
Asia Eaton, Ph.D., Florida International University
Friday, May 22 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 24 @ 12:00 PM
Florida Legislative Special Session
The recent Florida legislative session came to a rocky end a few weeks ago, under what the Florida Supreme Court ruled was a violation of the state constitution. According to their ruling, the House broke the law when they ended the session three days early, due to an impasse with the Senate over healthcare funding. On Thursday, the federal government indicated the state should expect major reductions in the coming years to help pay for uncompensated care (LIP) and needs to reform its hospital payment system, saying the state may need to justify almost $1 billion in government funding. Now that a special session is set to begin on June 1st, how will this and other issues finally be resolved in order to balance the state budget?
State Rep. Manny Diaz, Jr., (R) Dist. 103
State Rep. Jeanette Nuñez, (R) Dist. 119
Broward News in Review
Sun Sentinel columnist Michael Mayo discusses the latest news making headlines in Broward County including:
- Seminole Tribe of Florida is considering taking the state to federal court if they cannot renegotiate to extend their revenue-sharing agreement and keep their table games running at their casinos
- Former Tamarac Mayor Beth Flansbaum-Talabisco is being retried on corruption charges
- A reformed ex-con is facing 6 years in prison for violating his parole for smoking marijuana – does the punishment fit?
Michael Mayo, Sun Sentinel